Kelly McCabe began her college career at New Paltz as a member of the First-Year Initiative (FYI), a program that provides first-year students with the opportunity to live in a residence hall with classmates taking the same courses. She now continues to give back to the initiative as a resident mentor.
Kelly has been a resident mentor in Esopus Hall for the past two years. Like her experience in FYI, she's enjoyed being a resident mentor because it has allowed her to meet so many different people. "Its opened me up to a lot of opportunities," said Kelly, "I've met at least 260 people doing this."
As a resident mentor, Kelly, along with two other resident mentors, promotes community within the residence hall and supports her mentees. "I'm there when residents need somebody," said Kelly. "I make myself available to them when they need help or just someone to talk to."
Working as a resident mentor has proven to Kelly that she really enjoys helping others. It has influenced her decision to study education at New Paltz and eventually become a high school English teacher. While Kelly admits that balancing schoolwork and mentoring "is a lot of work and can be stressful," she manages her time and "it works out well." In fact, she's even been able to incorporate her passion for English and commitment to mentoring by helping to start a small writing club in her hall.
Why New Paltz? Kelly had heard positive things about New Paltz's education program when she was in high school, but knew New Paltz was for her when she visited and felt at home.
Hobbies: knitting, listening to music, and spending time outside
Motivated by: Her high school English teacher, Mr. Steinmeyer, and her grandfather
Goals: Kelly would like to teach high school English in Chicago, where she's originally from.
Little-known Fact: Kelly loves traveling. She and her mother go on road trips every once in a while, but her next big trip will be over the coming winter break, when she'll be traveling to Japan to see the hometown of international student and former Face, Jumpei Onozuka, as well as touring major cities throughout the country